Melrose Tour Will Put A Smile On Your Face Tuesday, Jun 25 2013 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

It is delightful to be with happy people in a happy place.

Get together with:

  • your Sunday School Class or church group
  • your girl friend’s group
  • your family
  • your school group
  • your friends

Schedule a tour of Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Even if there is one “ole grouch” in your group, chances are he or she will have a change of attitude before your educational and enchanting tour of the French Creole Plantation concludes.

Enjoy refreshments in the Plantation Gift Shop while you browse for gifts or mementos of your visit.

Marvel at the impressive collection of works by the Louisiana artist Clementine Hunter, including the impressive mural depicting plantation li                       

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose


Champions of the Preservation Community Step-Up for APHN and Jazz Brunch Monday, May 13 2013 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Saturday, May 11, 2013 saw approximately 1oo persons enjoy a Jazz Brunch featuring Chef Chris Levy and the Sweet Cane Inn at the Melrose Plantation. Executive Director of APHN,  Adam T. Foreman welcomed guests for the event which took place during National Preservation Month May 2013.    The cuisine was superb, the music delightful and the Silent Auction engaging.

A poem was recited by Dr. Julie Kane, Louisiana Poet Laureate entitled Natchitoches In Song and Story.  This hauntingly beautiful piece was written by George Williamson in 1923.   Read the full text by going to the APHN website.   


Dyess Law Firm                                    TEJ Agency

Lott Oil Company                                Waskom Brown and Associates

Exchange Bank                                     Weaver Brothers Land and Timber Company

SEE!           SAVE!         CELEBRATE!

Jazz Brunch at Melrose Plantation

Jazz Brunch at Melrose Plantation

Spring Into Action Now and Register Online for The Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival Wednesday, Dec 26 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches 

Arts and Crafts Vendor:
We cordially invite you to exhibit your original work at the 39th annual Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, 2013 on the grounds of historic Melrose Plantation, located 15 miles south of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Attendance at the festival averages about 3,500 to 5,000 visitors. It is one of the oldest and most successful arts and crafts festivals in Louisiana.

Economic Impact of Fall Tour of Homes on Natchitoches Tuesday, Dec 4 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Northwestern (State University, Natchitoches, La.)  completed an economic impact study for the APHN (Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches) Fall Tour of Homes. Here are the results: They may shock you!

Using the average ticket price of $37.66; approximately 536 tickets were purchased for the Tour of Homes.
“New Money” is defined as money introduced into the community that would not be available to the area (over 30 miles). $27,278 of new money was spent (ticket sale not included). In other words, each visitor who came to Natchitoches only for Tour of Homes spent $357.82. The total money (people coming just for Fall Tour and people who would be in Natchitoches anyway) was $27,820.
The impact multiplier for Natchitoches is 2.8 which makes the economic impact of Fall Tour of Homes approximately $509,037.73.

One problem with this study is that ticket sales are roughly estimated and the data is self-reported. But These numbers shocked me just as much as they have shocked you. Fall Tour has an enormous impact on the local economy with 57% spent on food and lodging; hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants benefit most from the event.  What we discovered during this project is that primarily “new money” is generated. This is money that would not have been spent in Natchitoches without Fall Tour of Homes. We have a “tangible opportunity to increase the local economy,” and APHN is proud to have such an impact on the vitality of the community.

Adam Foreman

Executive Director APHN

APHN Newsletter 
December 2012 e-Calico Courier Issue 13

45 Nights of Lights, Fireworks, Music and Tours in Natchitoches Wednesday, Nov 21 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)





Bindery/ Bookstore Melrose Plantation



During the day, tour a French Creole Plantation, Melrose. that dates back to 1833. Dine and shop in the Historic Downtown District of Natchitoches.

When it gets dark, it is time for funnel cakes, gator on a stick, Natchitoches meat pies and of course the fireworks.

Melrose Hours of Operation:

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday: Closed

 Tours of the Historic House begin at the Melrose Bindery Every 15 minutes past the Hour (First Tour: 10:15, Last Tour begins at 4:15)

 Gift Shop closes at 5pm


Admission Prices:


Adults $10.00

*Students (6-17 or with University ID) $5.00

  GROUNDS ONLY TOUR (does not include house tour)

Adults $5.00

*Students $ 3.00

  GROUPS OF 15 OR MORE (by reservation)

Adult Group: $10.00

Tour Operator Group: $8.00

*Student Group: $5.00

*(Now includes University students)
Contact Information: 318-379-0055 or 

A Fabulous Fall Festival in Natchitoches, October 12, 13 and 14, 2012 Tuesday, Aug 21 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

NATCHITOCHES: Presented by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

58th Fall Pilgrimage Tour

October 12, 13 and 14, 2012

Candlelight Tour:          Friday, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Town Tour:                      Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Country Tour:                Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tickets and Information: 800-259-1714 or 318-581-8042                                         info

The Metoyer-Brown House on APHN Fall Tour

Imagine Reading a Book From an Enchanted Cottage Friday, May 18 2012 


Bindery (Gift Shop) Melrose Plantation

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Truth be told, it is not just the “Bindery” but the entire Melrose Plantation that is enchanted. A tour of discovery can be said to:

  • lead to a sense of wonder, charm and delight
  • cast a magical spell in a historical site that is full of stories that will captivate you
  • create a feeling of pleasure and great liking for something wonderful and unusual
  • fascinate you as you visit the setting of a dynamic artist’s colony where Clementine Hunter painted, Francois Mignon and Lyle Saxon wrote. (there are too many artists to mention all of them)

A good way to prepare for your journey of enchantment is: 

  • to read Lyle Saxon’s Children of Strangers. You will discover the plantation country of the lower Cane River (Louisiana) in this historical novel, the only novel Saxon ever wrote. The book is a work of fiction but describes a real community.

I want a copy!{click here}

Lyle Saxon’s historical Novel Children of Strangers available online from the Bindery at Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation Big House

Where Did You Get That Framed Fluer de Lis? Tuesday, Apr 10 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Recently a friend asked us “Where did you get that Fluer de Lis ? Our answer “The Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival”. For some time we had been looking for something to go on our mantel during the winter when there are fires in the fireplace and to cover the firebox during the summer. We found just what we were looking for at a reasonable price at the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival. Maybe you too will find that “something special”. We hope to see you there. Bring the entire family. There is something for everyone.

Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival
April 21 – 22
The annual arts and crafts festival held on the grounds of Melrose Plantation has a new a cooler date! Now in April, the festival will showcases the work of more than 150 artists and craftsmen. This is a juried arts and crafts festival. Admission is $5 for the Festival with an additional $5 to tour the Main House and African House of the plantation. For more information, call (318) 379-0055 or visit

This is how we use our picture in the winter season with warm fires. In the summer it moves “south” to hide the firebox.

Fluer for winter useFluer summer time use

A Servant Girl Who Became a Famous Artist Wednesday, Apr 4 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Clementine Hunter  (pronounced Clementeen)

Possibly Louisiana’s most famous artist, Clementine Hunter, was born in 1886 at Hidden Hill Plantation. At the age of fifteen, Clementine and her father moved to the financially successful Melrose Plantation. Melrose had been acquired in 1898 by John and Carmelite (“Miss Cammie”) Henry. Miss Cammie turned Melrose into an artist colony that was a haven where artists and writers came to live and work. Clementine worked in the cotton fields and the pecan orchards.  When she was middle-aged, Miss Cammie brought Clementine into the Big House to cook and clean. Here she met a New Orleans artist, Alberta Kinsey, who inspired Clementine to paint. With no formal training, she produced colorful and from memory paintings. She depicted every day life on Melrose Plantation. In 1939, Francois Mignon arrived at Melrose.  Mignon  began a life-long encouragement and promotion of Clementine Hunter. Today the story of the servant girl who became a famous artist is known around the world.

Clementines’ paintings are:

  • recognized as a narrative of plantation life during the time before grueling labor in the fields was replaced by mechanization. 
  • considered the works of one the most important self-taught American artists of the 20th century.
  • shown at the Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of American Folk Art and countless other museums and private collections around the world.

Clementine Hunter died on January 1, 1988 at the age of 101


  • She was the first African-American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Delgado Museum (now the New Orleans Museum of Art)  achieved a significant amount of success during her lifetime, including 
  • an invitation to the White House from U.S. President Jimmy Carter (which she declined).
  • Radcliffe College included Hunter in its “Black Women Oral History Project, published in 1980.
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana granted her an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.
One of the more well-known displays of Hunter’s artwork is located in a storage building called “African House” on the grounds of Melrose Plantation. (African House is often referred to as slave quarters, however the building was built for, and always used for storage.) The walls are covered in a mural Hunter painted.
Visit Melrose Plantation and see examples of Clementine’s art, including the murals in the African House.

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

Melrose Plantation Big House

Please take note of change in Melrose Festival dates for 2012.

Sat. April 21 and Sun. April 22, 2012.

Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival Vendor Information. 

Begun in 1941 and chartered as a non-profit organization in 1944, the APHN is a volunteer organization. At present, APHN operates two historic properties: Melrose Plantation and the Lemee House. The organization provides educational opportunities to children and adults through the Children’s Walking Tour of Natchitoches, the Fall Tour of Historic Homes and daily 12pm-4pm (closed on Mondays)  guided tours of Melrose Plantation, which includes the Big House, Yucca House and the African House. 

     Customer Service Information:
Phone: 318-379-0055

Jazz Brunch, Silent Auction at Melrose Plantation. Get a Table for Your Group Tuesday, Mar 20 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)


Make your reservations today for a table for your Company, Family, friends group or Sunday School Class. Couples and individuals are invited. Surprise someone special with a special gift.This is an event no one will want to miss.

                                       Customer Service Information:
                                        Phone: 318-379-0055


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